Health ministry: No herbal remedies approved for dengue or chikungunya

The health ministry has received complaints that herbal remedies for dengue, Zika and chikungunya are being advertised on social media. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry today said it has not approved any herbal product claimed to prevent or cure dengue fever, Zika or chikungunya infection.

This follows complaints that such products are being advertised on social media.

Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the products have to be registered with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) and approval obtained from the ministry’s Medicine Advertisement Board before they are advertised.

“Legal action can be taken under the Medicine (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 against medicine advertisements published without approval from the board.

“If found guilty, the individuals or companies involved can be fined up to RM3,000 or face a jail term of up to a year, or both,” he said in a statement.

The ministry urged the public to take preventive measures against dengue caused by the Aedes mosquito.

It also said they should seek immediate treatment if they have symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pains, rashes, nausea and vomiting or early warning symptoms like vomiting, stomach ache or lethargy.

It urged those with information on dubious medicinal products to inform the NPRA through www.npra.gov.my or by calling 03-7883 5400 or emailing to [email protected]